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A+E Networks UK has signed a new carriage deal with BT TV, securing the long-term availability of the company’s channel portfolio, History, H2, Lifetime and Crime + Investigation, on BT’s platforms.
As part of the new agreement, entertainment brand Lifetime, home to recent hit shows Britain’s Next Top Model and Dance Mums with Jennifer Ellison, will be available to subscribers of BT’s basic pay package, ‘Entertainment Starter’. The new deal also sees the launch of new HD channels for Lifetime and H2later this year.
A+E Networks’ other channels already available on BT TV in the UK include: History, the destination for great factual entertainment, from UK premieres of Curse of Oak Island to blockbuster drama Vikings; its companion channel H2, which offers a range of fascinating shows that explore facts and mysteries from ancient to modern times; and Crime + Investigation which seeks to uncover the truth behind the investigation, with shows including Britain’s Darkest Taboos and the highly-anticipated new series The Jail: 60 Days In.
“A+E Networks UK has a long-standing and close partnership with BT so I am delighted that we have not only agreed a new long-term carriage deal, but that we have also expanded our offering on this fast-growing UK platform,” commented A+E Networks UK’s SVP of Distribution & Strategy, Adrian Pilkington. “This increased reach will mean even bigger audiences can enjoy our great shows across History, H2, Lifetime and Crime + Investigation.”
“We’ve got a great and growing line up of channels on BT TV and we’re thrilled to extend our partnership with A+E,” added Tony Singh, Business Affairs Director for BT TV and BT Sport. “BT’s customers love great factual programming and we’re delighted that they’ll now be able to enjoy all their favourite History, H2, C+I and Lifetime shows in HD.”
A+E Networks UK broadcasts into 45 million homes across the UK, Scandinavia, Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.